This story picks up right where book one left off. It is the Spring of 1846 and Johnny and Maggie Stuart, and their son Jamie and little girl Charlotte are on the Oregon Trail, headed for "the Promised Land" of Oregon Territory. Maggie has just been freed by Johnny from her brief capture by the Pawnee Indians, which you can read more about in book one, "Gone West". As they continue on this journey Maggie will see her husband turn into a man who takes chances and who becomes a real leader among the people on this wagon train. Maggie has to learn to adapt to this new husband and to adjust to each new adventure along the way. There are more Indians, more trials along the way, more sorrows and joys. To me it was a realistic look of the hardships and the bonding of friends as these people all struggle together to arrive at their new home in Oregon. What a challenge it must have been for these folks and this author did a great job of making you understand a little bit of what it must have been like to be a part of the journey on the Oregon Trail. I highly recommend you read book one first as "Gone West" is where this story really begins, and "The Promised Land" is where the journey ends (for now).